FLINT TWP. — After 11 years of educating business students at 4318 Miller Road, Davenport University-Flint is moving its campus to Fenton Township.
Mott Community College (MCC) and Davenport University (DU) officials formally announced at a press conference last week that Davenport is relocating to the MCC Southern Lakes Branch Center, 2100 W. Thompson Road.
Grand Rapids-based Davenport officials announced plans in mid-July to close or merge several of its satellite campuses including those in Flint, Saginaw, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Officials said then that partnering with community colleges was part of its long-range strategic Vision 2020 plan.
Effective this fall, Davenport University- Flint will have dedicated classrooms, lab and lecture space at the MCC Southern Lakes Branch Center. This will expand the academic offerings and opportunities for students at both institutions, officials said.
MCC students who earn their associate degrees at MCC will be able to seamlessly transfer their credits to a bachelor degree program at DU, continuing their studies at the same location, according to a press release.
DU students will have access to MCC’s library, computer labs and more. Bachelor degree programs offered by DU will include Accounting, General Business, Management, and Medical Case Management.
“This partnership is a win-win situation for MCC, DU and the students involved,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, president of Davenport University. “Students benefit from new programs that will be developed by the two institutions and from the first-class facilities and services offered by MCC, as well as Davenport’s own student services and academic programs.”
MCC is leasing space to Davenport and currently working with it to align curriculums.
“Mott College is committed to ensuring our students have opportunities to achieve their educational and career goals in ways best suited to their needs,” said Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, president of Mott Community College. “The partnership with Davenport University represents a new initiative to provide access to fouryear degree programs through one of our Branch Centers, and supports our mission to deliver quality education where our Genesee County students want it.”
Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university serving nearly 9,000 students at campuses across Michigan and online.
Its Vision 2020 plan also included merging the Kalamazoo facility with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, merging the Saginaw and Midland campuses and closing the Battle Creek campus and shifting students to its online Global Campus.
Vision 2020 also will see further campus expansion at the Grand Rapids-based W.A. Lettinga Campus, where a new facility for the Donald W. Maine College of Business will be constructed and the Farmers
Insurance Athletics Complex will be completed, paving the way for the launch of DU’s football program in 2016.
“Our Grand Rapids campus serves a broad variety of students,” said Pappas, “but the addition of football and continued development of residence halls and a vibrant campus life will help us to increase our traditional student enrollment.”
The University also is exploring the potential for a new campus in the metropolitan Detroit area.
“We have a long history of serving that region and, with a resurgence of business, technology and health industries in southeast Michigan, plus the continuing need for well-prepared teachers who will make a difference in urban school districts, we believe our career-focused education model can be an important part of that region’s renewal,” Pappas said.